The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS's) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed a Geospatial Data Coordination Policy that establishes the principles
for coordinating, communicating, documenting, and reporting existing and proposed geospatial data collected, produced, or manipulated under FEMA's Risk MAP Program. The
purpose is to facilitate data sharing and secondary data use. The primary goals of this policy are to ensure that the Risk MAP Program will:
protect its investments in geospatial data by requiring data to be documented, standard-compliant, and easily accessible to the general public when appropriate and release of the
data does not pose a security risk;
maximize the use of partnerships, including Federal, State and local partners, for the acquisition and production of geospatial data;
minimize duplicative requests from Federal agencies to State and local data stewards;
recognize the value of existing coordination efforts at the State and local levels; and
comply with all Federal requirements for coordination and reporting of geospatial activities.
This report supports the objectives of the coordination policy and summarizes some of the key results of the policy implementation.
This report has two primary purposes. The first is to provide a summary of the funds spent by FEMA on elevation and imagery data and the value of geospatial data investments provided by other Federal,
State, and local government agencies that have been leveraged by the Risk MAP Program. Summary data and project listings of geospatial data contributions are provided below in the section entitled
"Geospatial Leverage in Risk MAP Projects".
The second purpose is to provide a summary of the data used by Risk MAP for the two most critical types of geospatial data for Risk MAP. Elevation and imagery data sets collected or produced by FEMA's
Risk MAP program are listed to provide Agency members of the National Digital Elevation Program (NDEP), the National Digital Orthophoto Program (NDOP), and other potential users with a summary of
these data sets. Listings of these data sets are provided below in the section entitled "Elevation Data Sets Produced in Risk MAP". "Produced in Risk MAP" means that FEMA provided at least part of the
funding for the data production.
Orthophoto data used on the Risk MAP program is managed, distributed and archived by the USGS EROS Data Center.
Elevation data used on Risk MAP program is often available through the USGS, but the comprehensive archive is managed by the FEMA Engineering Library. Most of the data is available without restriction,
but fees are usually charged for research and retrieval. Some partners who provide elevation data for FEMA projects restrict the redistribution of the data and FEMA does not make it available. Information on
obtaining data from the FEMA Engineering Library is available at: http://www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/st_order.shtm
This report is updated on a semi-annual basis occurring in the Spring and Fall.